Capt. Lee Adama ( Apollo ) is a fictional male Kobolian ( 2003 ) pilot in the Battlestar Galactica series. The character was portrayed on screen by Jamie St. John Bamber Griffith. His allegiance / loyalty is to The Battlestar Galactica. Capt. Leland 'Lee' Adama is one of the principle characters in the series. For most of the series, he is lead pilot onboard the Battlestar Galactica. Lee is the only character from the original series that doesn't change race or gender. The original Commander Adama played by Lorne Greene was caucasian whereas Edward James Olmos who plays his father is a Latino.
Lee Adama father is the Galactica's commanding officer, Commander William Adama but that doesn't mean he gets an easy time of it. Lee is willing to stand up and be counted when he feels that his father is wrong. At the end of the first series, he was arrested as he sided with President Laura Roslin.
In both the original and the re-imagined series, Lee Adama had a bother, Zak. In the new series, Zak was killed in a training operation two years before the events in the mini-series. Zak was like his brother, wanting to be a Colonial Viper pilot like their father before them. Lt. Kara Thrace ( Starbuck ) was both Zak's lover and superior training partner. Her affection for Zak got in the way. She passed him on the training course she was tutoring but Kara shouldn't have. Only when the Cylons launch their first wave of attack in the mini-series does Lee find out the truth when Kara confesses to what she did.
After Zak's death, Lee blames his father for Zak's death. In the mini-series, the reunion between Lee and William Adama is very strained. The bitterness over Zak's death doesn't go away. Lee doesn't tell his father who is to blame straight away. When William does find out, he is angry at Kara but tells her he needs fighter pilots like her more than anything else so doesn't carry out anything untoward.
In flashbacks, we do see Lee's mum who berates William all the time. William wants to remember the best times but it is Lee who tries to get through to his father what things were really like between William and his wife.
In the original series, Zak had just graduated and was eager to prove his worth. When Starbuck knew how much it would mean to Zak to go out, Starbuck allowed Zak to take his place on patrol. During routine patrol, the two Adama brothers discovered that the Cylons were about to launch a surprise attack. Zaks' Colonial Viper was damaged and couldn't get back to Galactica. Given what was at stake, Apollo had to return solo to the Galactica to warn them of the impending Cylon attack.
The Galactica finds that it is not the only surviving Battlestar, there was another, led by Admiral Helena Cain who authoritarian compared to Bill Adama. When Cain is killed by a Number Six that was being held onboard the Pegasus, control first goes to the X-O, Colonel Jack Fisk. Jack is heavily involved in the Black Market onboard the Pegasus which leads to his downfall. Control of the Pegasus then falls to the Chief Engineers. When the Chief Engineer is killed, Bill Adama assigns Lee to the Pegasus to stabilise the situation.
Lee's command of the Pegasus doesn't last long, the Colonists sacrifice the Pegasus when they need to free the colonists from the planet that is under the control of the Cylons.
Lee's relationship with Starbuck times to grow and eventually they consummate their relationship under the stars whilst away from everyone on leave on a planet. The very next day, Lee wakes to find him on his own and then discovers that Starbuck has gone and married Samuel Anders, a Professional Pyramid Sportsman turned resistance fighter then fighter pilot.
Lee is upset that the person who he loves has married and Lee on the rebound falls into love with Petty Officer Anastasia Dualla. Lee is still hurt by what Starbuck has done and Dualla is really the rebound candidate but he doesn't let on.
Lee's married life with Anastasia seems to be going strong but in the fourth series after they've been out on the tiles so to speak, Anastasia can't take what is going on, Earth is a wreck and she sees no future so she blows her brains out when no one is about to stop her.
When Dr. Gaius Baltar is put on trial, Lee wants nothing but to see him go down for siding with the Cylons on New Caprica. When someone is needed to provide protection for Gaius and Gaius's Lawyer, Lee volunteers, knowing all too well the risks that he will be undertaking. The first lawyer assigned to defend Gaius was assassinated, the same perpetrators tried it with the second but failed to kill the lawyer. Eventually, Lee Adama joins the defence team with Romo Lumpkin being the qualified lawyer. Lee gets the opportunity to question and destroy in effect the President with questions over the President's health.
After the trial has ended, Lee decides to leave the Colonial Viper brigade and become a politician, representing the colony of Caprica, the main colony in the series. He eventually takes over the role of the President when Laura is unable to lead.
In (Bastille Day), Lee is part of a team sent to a prisoner ship to get volunteers to help fetch water that was lost in (Water). The prisoners escape their holding pens and are led by Tom Zarek, a Sagittaron terrorist. Lee is held prisoner by the prisoners who want to be released and have more rights. At the end of the incident, Lee overpowers Tom Zarek and promises Tom that when the Presidents term of office ends, there will be free and fair elections. The deal that Lee makes angers both his dad and the President. Apollo manages to push it through that there will be elections as he is firm believer in democracy.
When William Adama agrees to share technology with the Cylons, Tom Zarek and Lt. Felix Gaeta mutiny over the course that the Commander is taking. There is a show trial, more of a kangaroo court where William is found guilty. William is to be executed but thanks to a small group of personnel including Lee, the mutiny is put down and William Adama is rescued.
Tom Zarek is played by Richard Hatch, the actor who played Apollo in the original series. Over the time, Tom Zarek and Lee Adama become heavyweight politicians opposing each other.
In the original series, Apollo falls in love with Serina who is a single parent. The fact that Serina has a child called Boxey doesn't matter at all to him. When people are requested to join up as Viper pilots, Serina against Apollo's wishes sign up. Serina's career as a pilot is cut short and Boxey becomes an orphan. Apollo looks after the child as his own as a promise to his newly departed wife.
Although Boxey appeared in the mini-series, his character didn't appear in the full series. There was no Serina but the re-imagined series had Apollo fall in love with Anastasia Dualla.
In the original series, the character Apollo was played by Richard Hatch who would return to the series and play Tom Zarek, the terrorist turned politician.
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